I went to the inaugural Awesome Con and had a good time. If I go this year, it will be only for one day on April 1, also known as Easter Sunday. For you heathens out there, it’s the day our Lord and Savior came back from the dead after dying for our sins. He walked out of the tomb with a bunny rabbit under one arm and a duck under the other and asked where he could get his freshly nailed hands on some chocolate. It’s why we celebrate Easter the way we do.
It’s been so long since I’ve been to a comic book convention that the idea of going and just walking around sounds fun. Plus, that creepy lunatic Mark Waid isn’t supposed to be there, so nobody has to worry about their personal safety. Being that Awesome Con takes place in our nation’s capital, Mark Waid probably doesn’t want to worry about bumping into Donald Trump. That could turn into an awkward experience, not only for Mark Waid but for Donald Trump too.
Writer Magdalene Visaggio is scheduled to be there all three days so it would be great to get her to sign an issue of Eternity Girl #1.
If you don’t like the cover art of Eternity Girl #1, then you don’t like well-crafted covers. Every autographed comic I’ve ever owned is signed by the writer, not the artist. I think that’s because artists are too busy doing commissioned sketches at comic book conventions to sign their names on comics for free.
There’s an email floating around the internet that reportedly was sent by DC Comics’ talent relations department to employees and freelancers reminding them that they need to keep up a high level of professionalism when engaging on social media. Bleeding Cool published the email as well as The Comics Reporter, winner of many awards for the ugliest website outside North Korea.
Essentially the overall message is to remind DC Comics talent to be nice to the customers. Imagine that.
Here’s the email:
Dear DC Talent Community –
The comic book industry is a very special creative community dedicated to telling epic and legendary stories of action, heroism and intrigue with a rich and diverse portfolio of characters. Both DC’s employees, as well as its extended family of freelance talent, contribute to our success and are direct reflections of our company, characters and comics.
As such, DC expects that its employees and freelance talent community maintain a high level of professionalism as well as reasonable and respectful behavior when engaging in online activities. Comments that may be considered defamatory, libelous, discriminatory, harassing, hateful, or that incite violence are unacceptable and may result in civil or criminal action.
In addition, comments that may be considered insulting, cruel, rude, crass and mean spirited are against company policy and guidelines. We ask, and expect, that you will help to create an online environment that is inclusive, supportive and safe.
Below you will find the most current version of the company’s social media guidelines. If you have any questions, please contact DC Talent Relations department so that we can be of assistance.
DC Entertainment Social Media Guidelines for Talent
This policy has been developed to empower DC Talent to participate in social media activities, represent their creative endeavors well and share their passion for DC’s characters, stories and brands. We recognize the vital importance of online social communities and this policy reflects our commitment to the best possible use of social media. Below are DC’s recommended guidelines when partaking in social media.
Stay positive when you post and we also recommend that you avoid negative comments in this very public forum.
You may want to refrain from engaging with individuals who may be speaking negatively about you, other talent, DC, our fans and the comics industry as this is a no-win situation.
If there has been a personal threat to you or those around you then in addition to alerting DC, please involve the proper law enforcement authorities.
Use good judgment when posting, reposting and liking comments, photos and videos as these may have unintended consequences.
Talent should take special care when using social media to ensure that comments and postings made by you are not associated with DC.
Under all circumstances, please indicate that you do work for DC, but that your comments are your own and do not reflect those of the company.
The internet is permanent regardless of “privacy settings” or other limits you may try to place on your posting. Think before you post, comment, retweet or like something.
Do not reveal plot points, storylines or launch timing — including photos or video of in-progress assets, artwork, story outlines, scripts, panels, announcement details, etc. without coordinating with DC Publicity. Members of the press may follow you on social media, and your posts can — and probably will — become news.
Don’t break news on social media. If you have any questions on what you can or can’t post on any platform, DC Publicity or Talent Relations departments are available to assist.
If you’d like to share DC news on your social pages, we recommend sharing news from DCComics.com, DCE-sanctioned social media pages and other news widely reported on credible news outlets.
If you are contacted by members of the press or asked to participate in an interview about your work for DC, please coordinate this with the DC Publicity department so that news can be rolled out in an orchestrated fashion and elevated on DC digital and social channels as well.
And finally, we recognize that there can be a dark side to social media and to that end if you feel that you are being harassed or bullied through social media channels because of your work for DC or your association with us, please feel free to contact the DC Talent Relations department so that we can be of assistance.
I don’t think Marvel Comics could ever issue a similar message to its employees and freelancers. It’s too ingrained in their culture to be cruel and rude to the customers. It’s one of the many things that makes Marvel Comics so special. Work for Marvel and you might get to work on a Moon Knight book and you get to tell the fans on Twitter you fucking hate them.
By the way if you’re looking for “SJW” undertones in Moon Knight they’re not there. That being said, I fucking hate you personally.
If Mark Waid was told he had to be nice to customers on the internet, his head might literally explode. The same is true with Dan Slott. He doesn’t even view many of Marvel’s customers as people, but as little pixels on a screen.
Dan Slott is both rude and dismissive.
If Marvel Comics ever wanted to start something like this with their creators, they would need to first run them through a special class or a training seminar in the Poconos. I think it would be asking too much to expect them to just treat people nicely without some serious training.
I’m a huge fan of the Diversity & Comics YouTube channel. I owe comic book writer (and former Donald Trump supporter) Mark Waid for turning me on to it. I watch almost every Diversity & Comics video and enjoy most of them. I’m even a supporter of the Diversity & Comics Patreon, although I’m currently at the lowest level of Patreon support. Considering these facts, does this mean I’m a Diversity & Comics goon?
The reason I ask is simple:
Golly do I want to beat the living hell out of these Diversity & Comics goons.
If my fandom of Diversity & Comics makes me a Diversity & Comics goon, it would appear a person I’ve never met and had no interaction with, a perfect stranger to me, wants to beat the “living hell” out of me.
That’s really something. I know from personal experience giving someone a beating is a lot of work, and truth be told, it’s not fun. It can also be quite disgusting. Punch someone in the face a couple of times and it’s almost guaranteed you’re going to get their blood and mucus on you. Hit them hard enough with your bare fists and your knuckles will almost certainly crack. A cracked knuckle is an open wound. Stick that fist into the bloody mess that is their face and you and your opponent are exchanging bodily fluids.
Is that something you want to do? What if they have full-blown AIDS?
You also have to be concerned with the aftermath. What if after emerging from their coma, they have brain damage? Congratulations. You just made someone mentally retarded. Is that what you want?
Thanks, but no thanks. I want no part of beating the living hell out of anyone. I wish harm on no one.
Meet Dylan Todd
Who is this Dylo Ren person who wants to beat the living hell out of Diversity & Comics goons? His name is Dylan Todd and he’s an artist who owns and operates Big Red Robot based in Las Vegas, specializing in comics and culture design. From looking at his portfolio, he’s both talented and quite successful.
If you’re into Diversity & Comics and you see Dylan Todd, take my advice and turn around and go the other way. He’s made it abundantly clear on Twitter he wants to visit violence upon you.
The best self-defense is always time & space. Put as much time & space between you and your would-be assailant. In this case, Dylan Todd, the guy in the above photo.
Unless you live near Las Vegas, you probably don’t have to worry about Dylan Todd jumping out of a bush with a piece of rusty rebar. You can never be too careful though. If you dig Diversity & Comics as much as I do, you might want to keep your head on a swivel.
Finally, Dylan Todd is wearing a fake military field jacket in the above photo. It might be safe to assume then he has some fake military fighting skills to go along with his fake jacket. Just something to keep in mind.
I was surprised when I started noticing tweets by comic book writer and tantrum thrower Mark Waid in my Twitter feed. He raged quit Twitter some time ago and it’s been a while since I’ve read anything from him on Twitter. Here was the last thing he wrote before taking his Twitter ball and going home:
That’s a heavy accusation to throw around, serial harasser of young women, especially when it’s not backed up by even a shred of evidence. It just makes it seem like Paul Cummings is yet another sexual weirdo like all the other sexual weirdos in the news lately. The point is, he’s not.
Mark Waid, of course, knows this because he is a writer of words. It’s what he does for a living. He takes words, throws them down in a specific order so that the reader comes to an intended conclusion.
I think Mark Waid is a talented writer, but a terrible human being with mental problems.
For anyone attending this weekend’s (excellent) Baltimore Comic Con, I have an important request. There is a serial YouTube harasser named Richard C Meyer who I’m told may be attending as a fan. If anyone sees this gentleman or any of his friends, I need you to come find me and tell me immediately. Even if I’m on a panel, come up and interrupt.
Please circulate this request as widely as you possibly can through all your social media accounts. Fellow pros, tell each other. This is about attempting to lessen the harassment of women in comics, and it is important. Please spread the word. Thank you.
Talk about creating an unsafe environment.
The YouTube harasser Mark Waid is referring to is the person who maintains the Diversity & Comics channel. I had never heard of the channel until I first read about Mark Waid’s call for stalking at the Baltimore Comic Con. Contrary to what Mark Waid says, the guy is not a harasser, serial or otherwise. He just talks about comic books in a pleasant, unpretentious, and upbeat tone. I watched a couple of his videos and I then subscribed. I recommend his channel to anyone with an interest in comic books. I recommend his channel to anyone who is unhappy with the social justice aspect of too many of today’s comics, especially those published by Marvel Comics.
This is his most viewed video:
Back to Mark Waid. It’s hard not to look at Mark Waid’s Facebook post as a sign of severe mental instability. If you claim to be a friend of Mark Waid and you don’t encourage him to seek help, you really aren’t a friend of his. In his mind he has decided a person he doesn’t know is a harasser of women (?) and is asking for strangers to seek this person out and then immediately alert him to this fact. In what universe is this normal behavior?
Is your name Richard?
Mark Waid doesn’t know what the person looks like. None of the people Mark Waid hopes to enlist know what this person looks like. This means they will be looking for someone named Richard who is a serial harasser. My name is Richard. This means that if went to the Baltimore Comic Con, I would have to worry about one of Mark Waid’s acolytes misidentifying me as their prey. I was actually thinking on attending tomorrow, but considering how Mark Waid has made it open season on anyone named Richard, I can’t even think about going now.
If only Baltimore Comic Con had a policy against stalking
If only Baltimore Comic Con had a harassment policy that would prohibit something like this from happening. Oh, that’s right. They do have a harassment policy that prohibits something like this from happening. Mark Waid is asking for his fellow professionals, friends, fans, and strangers to stalk someone named Richard. What if someone reading Mark Waid’s call to action is even more mentally unstable than he is? The Baltimore Comic Con’s harassment policy forbids stalking. Mark Waid is evidently exempt from this policy. This means the Baltimore Comic Con harassment policy is worthless. What’s worse than not having a harassment policy? Having one and not enforcing it.
If I don’t want to be harassed or stalked because of my name, I need to stay away from Baltimore Comic Con. Mark Waid and the Baltimore Comic Con’s inability to enforce its own harassment policy has made the event unsafe for me.
Comic book writer Mark Waid wrote a long post on Facebook sharing is his feelings on the 2016 presidential election. Spoiler alert, he’s not too happy about how the whole thing turned out.
Donald Trump won and Hillary Clinton lost. Like Mark Waid, I’m not happy with Trump being our president. Even though I voted for her, I wouldn’t have been happy if Hillary Clinton won either. That’s one of the things that made this election such a giant, Costco-sized bucket of suck. No matter who won, the result was going to be pretty awful.
Mark Waid began his post by stating that his therapist told him that he’s in the grieving stage with the outcome of the election. The post pretty much goes downhill from there.
He then talked about appearing at comic book conventions in red states. Some comic book professionals have vowed not to attend comic book conventions in states that voted for Donald Trump. Mark will not do that. He’ll attend conventions in red states. The difference is, he’ll use his straight white male privilege to create safe spaces at these conventions.
As a straight white male, I carry with me a certain amount of privilege. That doesn’t mean I’m diving through a money bin. Privilege doesn’t mean I snap my fingers and women come running. What it means is that I was born with a pigment and a nationality that makes me safe from hate crimes, from bigotry, from the kind of fearmongering our President-elect spewed in all fifty states these last 16 months.
So I’ve decided to use that privilege on the convention trail. I respect and agree with my friend Humberto’s decision, but I’m in a different place, and after talking to my friends who are Not Like Me, I think it’s a better use of my privilege to go to shows everywhere and help create safe spaces, as many of you already do (and thank you). It is pretty literally the least I can do.
I’m not hard to find at shows. If you’re a fan or creator and are ever, ever made to feel uncomfortable on a convention floor, come find me. If it’s a fleeting thing, just come hang out. If, on the other hand, you can point out the aggressors, I will rain HELLFIRE on your behalf, I PROMISE you. Ask anyone. They’ll tell you that I’ll flip tables on bullies and creeps, and I’ll have your back. And while I’ve never had to use it, I’ve got enough clout to have hatemongers flat-out thrown out of shows, and I am not above those sorts of nuclear options.
I’ve never seen Mark Waid in person, at least I don’t think I have. Judging by his photos, he doesn’t strike me as a very intimidating person. I don’t think he’d ever be mistaken for a Dothraki Bloodrider.
I haven’t felt the need to attend a comic book convention in quite some time. It just never seems worth it. Panels are now usually posted to YouTube. You can buy anything sold at a comic book convention online, usually for a lot less than what it can be purchased for at the convention. Not that you would necessarily even want to buy anything sold at a comic book convention, unless of course it has nothing to do with comic books.
Now that Mark is offering to use his straight white male privilege for anyone who asks, it might be fun to go to a comic book convention again.
The next time Mark attends a convention in the neighboring red state of Pennsylvania, I may have to go. I want to see him rain Hellfire and flip tables. I don’t even know what Hellfire is. Something tells me it’s not nice. Hellfire sounds dangerous, especially if used indoors and without proper ventilation.
Now that I think of it, the last time I went to the Baltimore Comic Con, the fire alarm went off. Everyone had to exit the building. Could Mark Waid raining Hellfire on someone have caused the fire alarm to go off? This was before his promise on Facebook, but who knows if Mark Waid follows liner time. If he’s powerful enough to rain Hellfire, maybe he’s powerful enough to manipulate time and space.
I annoy my wife all the time
If it takes too long to see Mark Wade do his thing, I could have my wife go to Mark’s table to have him autograph my copy of Kingdom Come #3. She could then just casually mention to Mark that I annoy her.
It wouldn’t even be a lie. I annoy her all the time. She’ll ask me to do something and I then forget to do it. That’s got to be very annoying.
Once Mark hears that I’ve annoyed my wife, that I annoy her all the time, he’s obligated to rain forth his Hellfire upon me. He’s also obligated to flip my table. Considering that I wouldn’t have a table, that might be hard for him to do. He promised to do these things on Facebook, so by law, he has to do them.